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With smartphone vulnerabilities skyrocketing, here are 9 things you can do to stay safe

By on April 14, 2016 at 11:11 AM.

With smartphone vulnerabilities skyrocketing, here are 9 things you can do to stay safe

There has been a lot of talk lately about personal data security, and for good reason. In recent years, more and more hackers have been taking advantage of all sorts of vulnerabilities in web-connected products to steal personal details belonging to millions of consumers, load malicious programs on their machines, and even steal money.

Even so, there are things you can do to protect your data so that it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. More →

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U.S. Government Hacked APT6

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

By on April 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

A mysterious hacking group has been stealing U.S. secrets for years

A mysterious hacking group has had access to U.S. government files for years and the hackers might still be able to siphon data off government computer networks. The hack apparently dates back to 2011, though it may be linked to attacks on the U.S. government’s computer infrastructure originating in 2008.

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Android Malware Accessibility Clickjacking

Half a billion Android devices are impacted by the latest evolution of mobile malware

By on March 4, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Half a billion Android devices are impacted by the latest evolution of mobile malware

The latest malware scare might be the most terrifying to date.

Mobile security company Skycure co-founders Adi Sharabani and Yair Amit announced at the RSA conference in San Francisco this week that a new form of malware puts a vast majority of Android device users at risk. Called “accessibility clickjacking,” it’s one of the more ingenious methods of gaining access to someone’s phone. More →

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WhatsApp Email Malware Emoji Crash Chat

WhatsApp users need to know about these 2 key threats

By on January 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

WhatsApp users need to know about these 2 key threats

More than 900 million people use WhatsApp on a regular basis, making the Facebook-owned app one of the most popular communication tools out there. WhatsApp offers encrypted instant messaging, voice calls and file transfers, making it a must-have app for many smartphone users. The app is available for a plethora of mobile operating systems, including computers, though it needs to be installed first on a smartphone.

Considering its massive popularity, it’s no surprise to hear that hackers are targeting WhatsApp users with specially crafted malware. On top of that, a serious bug might be used by some people to crash certain WhatsApp chats. More →

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Chimera Ransomware Expose Files Online

Dangerous ransomware threatens to expose your private files online if you don’t pay up

By on November 6, 2015 at 9:25 AM.

Dangerous ransomware threatens to expose your private files online if you don’t pay up

We’ve seen ransomware stories popping up left and right this year, detailing how hackers are making money from a scary, yet creative, type of malware. Just as the name of this attack suggests, ransomware encrypts personal files on a computer, demanding a ransom in order to release them back to users. Victims have to pay up a fee and hope that the hackers decrypt their data instead of simply taking the money and running. Sure, you can always refuse to pay the ransom, and you can try to use one of the publicly available tools that can decrypt your files (Microsoft has one too), but hackers have now devised a new method to convince you to pay up: They’ll expose your files online if you don’t. More →

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Android Adware Trojan Horse Uninstall

Another adware outbreak hits Android, this one ‘nearly impossible to remove’

By on November 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Another adware outbreak hits Android, this one ‘nearly impossible to remove’

The latest adware outbreak might be the worst yet for Android users.

According to researchers from cybersecurity company Lookout, a new strain of adware is capable of automatically rooting a user’s device, embedding in the system application and becomes nearly impossible to uninstall. More →

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Mac Malware

Mac malware hit all-time high in 2015

By on October 21, 2015 at 9:45 PM.

Mac malware hit all-time high in 2015

Historically, the Mac has been much less prone to various types of malware attacks than Windows machines. Of course, this is largely due to the fact that Windows, on account of its dominant market share, has long been a much more appealing target for hackers. But in recent years, as Apple’s share of the PC market has grown, malware specifically targeting Apple’s Mac platform slowly but surely began to increase. In the process, the types of malware attacks targeting Macs have also became far more insidious and, at times, sophisticated.

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Fitbit Malware Hack PC

Hackers can invade a PC with a 10-second attack on a Fitbit

By on October 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM.

Hackers can invade a PC with a 10-second attack on a Fitbit

Fitbits are popular devices among people who like to track their steps and exercise. But new research reveals that a Fitbit device is unprotected against simple malware attacks. More importantly, the malicious code that can be sent to a Fitbit device without the user’s knowledge can then infect a computer used to sync data collected by the wearable. More →

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Malware Scam eFast Browser

Latest malware scam attempts to uninstall and replace your Chrome browser

By on October 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM.

Latest malware scam attempts to uninstall and replace your Chrome browser

We’ve become accustomed to malware that invades our browsers — showing us ads we don’t want to see and collecting our information without any warning — but there’s a new scam worth watching out for.

Last Thursday, PCrisk was one of the first sites to warn users about the eFast browser, a malware browser that seeks to replace a user’s Chrome browser entirely, promising more relevant search results and better deals while shopping. More →

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Ghost Push Android Malware Apps

Android malware apps might net hackers millions, fool Google Play Store security

By on October 15, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Android malware apps might net hackers millions, fool Google Play Store security

Most of the recent malware-related security reports detailed various threats targeting Apple’s iOS ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean hackers have stopped attacking Android. A new report claims that a sneaky type of malware has been found in various app stores, including Google’s official Play Store. Once installed on the device, the malware is very hard to remove. Its purpose is to flood a handset with advertising and hackers behind the attack might make as much as $4 milliom from the fraudulent app installs.

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Siri Google Now Malware Attacks

Hackers find a sneaky new way to attack your phone through Siri and Google Now

By on October 14, 2015 at 5:35 PM.

Hackers find a sneaky new way to attack your phone through Siri and Google Now

How confident are you that your virtual assistant is only listening to your commands? Think there’s any chance Siri or Google Now could be duped into performing actions on iPhones and Android handsets that you haven’t actually asked for? Yes, it seems some smart hackers have found one more way to compromise the security of iPhones and Androids to either spy on users, or initiate secondary malware activities. More →

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